Update

This is just an update so you know I’m alive and well. I had planned on staying in this area for at least another week, but trouble is brewing, so I’m moving on.

I was told that I can camp in the state forest. It supposedly follows the same rules as the National Forest.

All the plants are doing well, I’ll post pictures when I’m close enough to the next library.

The garlic is skyrocketing and the spring onions just broke ground. (I lost the pot somewhere and had to replant) It’s 16 miles til I get to Venice. I’m probably going to be slower than normal, it is extremely hot right now. So I figure 2 days.

I’m not really wanting to go, but without a safe place to stay, it’s best I move on. Florida is slowing down traffic in and out of the state, so I’m not going to go far.

I have a feeling the effects of this virus are going to be far reaching and long lasting. But it’s not the virus I worry about so much as the lesson in preparedness that should have been learned.

That’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit: if this is a lesson to prepare for harder times, I hope you learned to be prepared for what is to come.

Almost Normal

I decided to give up on the meat and just bought other things like pasta and guess what… They finally have meat!

I also made a living wreath…. I got some moss and one of those coconut fiber liners from the dollar store. And I got an Asian Jasmine vine for 2.50. That’s is a pretty good price to start with, but I split it up and got 4 plants from the one pot, so it turned out to be about .66 cents per plant.

Tomorrow I will try making the meat loaf on the stovetop. I think it will work out great…. Unless I forgot something, lol.

Oh, that’s sweet. Some gut just handed me half dozen pink roses. I let him have one of my plants in trade. I don’t really enjoy cut flowers that much because they die fairly quickly, but I do enjoy them at the same time mostly because roses are one of those thing where my thumb is mostly brown.

Oh and one more update… We have garlic! I actually put 3 cloves in the pot so we will see how they do. And I now have baby peace lilies.

That’s all for now. With everything still closed, there isn’t a lot I can do.

Today’s tidbit: speak good things into your life and good things will come. Speak bad things into your life and bad things will come. Having a positive attitude even in the worst of times can help you sail through it with a sense of peace. Let your light shine bright in the darkness to others have something to follow.

Hello!

Well, I got a surprise yesterday. I went to sit on a bench next to a store yesterday and look what came out from under it!

He was pretty big but still a baby. He ran up underneath a car and I wouldn’t let the guy leave until I could get him out. Someone watching ran to the pet store next door and they ran over to capture it.

Yep a very interesting day it was. I wouldn’t mind an iguana, but I want a baby. That will give me time to get used to it. They are vegetarians and eat fruits and vegies and are supposed to be extremely easy to care for.

In other news, there still is no ground beef on the shelf, nor kielbasa. There is, however lots of pork! I have a really good recipe for pork loin, but I can’t remember what I need.

That’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit: Don’t mess with people’s fears. Fake sneezing, and joking about the virus is not funny and not nice. Try to be considerate of how other people feel. And don’t be afraid to say that to the people who do it. Many of little faith are extremely scared… This is a great time to let your faith shine so their faith can be boosted. Shine, shine, shine!

Ps… I’ll fix the featured image later, I seem to be having trouble attaching it to the post.

Closed, Closed, Closed..

Sounds like the title of a song doesn’t… closed, closed, closed, can’t you see it’s closed, closed closed…

I don’t think I have ever seen it like this before. I’m glad I stocked up on food. I went to the store this morning and must say, I feel for the bakery people at Publix. The aroma was awesome because they had just taken bread out of the ovens. But people were complaining because they were getting them to the shelf fast enough.

I’d think they would be thankful the store was still open, but I guess self satisfaction takes precedence over compassion in some people.

I myself am ready to cook. I just need to pick up some meat, potatoes, milk and eggs.

The milk and eggs are for making cornbread and muffins, the meat and potato are for meat loaf. I might wait until I get to Venice before cooking it. I haven’t decided yet.

And I realized this morning that I didn’t before. I had posted that change was coming and to look for the feast of Purim. Well Purim was just a few days ago- just before all this took place. I can’t wait to see what will be next.

I’ll let y’all know about the meatloaf. I’ve never made it on stovetop before so this will be interesting.

That’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit: Look for ways to help people through this difficult time. Doing so will put your mind on other things and give you a sense of peace. This could be a time of testing for you. Hope you pass the test with flying colors, maybe even earn some wings!

I Have Bread!

For those who are old enough just think of the old aol advertisement that said “you have mail”

It’s been several days since all the panic began. I was starting wonder what I was going to eat. So this morning, I joined th morning crowd, hoping to get a loaf of bread – I went straight to the bread and and there were only about 10 loabes and I raced over to get one. I still need to get some flour, but that is something that can wait.

As for the rest of the story, I had an osprey sit next to me. The bleeding heart finally broke ground and the bees love the cosmos

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I found a tripod chair like my old one for about 3 times as much (no I haven’t gotten it). I’m not sure what my plans are at the moment. Campground are closed for general use until further notice.

And to top it off because the libraries are closed and dinning rooms are closed, my battery is empty. So that’s all for now.

Today’s tidbit: all things work for good. You may not see it yet, but its already started. So. Glory through this time and praise God for he will see you through it

In the Last Days….

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Victory is MINE!

oh yes, what an awesome week it has been so far.

For Nancy, this is the ever elusive iguana! When I got to the library I looked for it before I went in. And there it was, sunning itself on the wall where it snuck up on me a couple of days ago.

I took a picture from a distance, moved closer, took another, moved closer and poof… over the wall it went, lol.

And that brings me to a message, which seems to be my theme this week.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something or you might believe it. Especially if that somebody is YOU. If you think it’s possible, try it. But don’t waste your great ideas by being afraid it might not work. The only true failure is to never even try.

When I started this project, the guy at the home improvement store asked what I was looking for. I responded by  telling him I was looking for something like a nut that had 3 ends to it like a T and told him I was trying to make something that hadn’t been made before. His response… “Good Luck” and no he didn’t tell me if there was anything closely resembling what I was looking for. I walked the aisles of the store over and over. In the end, I found a better way.

I don’t think anyone thought that I could actually accomplish it. I had it all planned out and then only thing I had to do was buy the parts. When I couldn’t find what I was looking for I did a little thing called “ad lib”. Well a week and many visits later, I finally sort of finished it. I have one thing I would like to improve, but for now it works just great. I can hear your gears grinding, you’re thinking, what in the world did she make.

Well here it is…

I used my 10 dollar cordless screwdriver and drilled a hole through a steel rod. I didn’t think it would work. I thought the screwdriver wouldn’t be strong enough to drill through metal. But I did it!

Yes, I know, they make them for boat trailers, but they don’t for bicycles. Now I can unhitch the trailer without getting my fingers squished setting it on the ground and re-hitch it without having to lift it off the ground. I can also move the trailer around now without lifting it up. And it tucks up nicely underneath so its not in the way of anything. Unfortunately, I also know it needs to be improved, but it will work for now.

Yes, I’m on an ego trip at the moment. This is what happens when my creativity kicks in. I just start doing and to be honest, there is no telling what it is I might actually do.

I’m also made a planter basket with a bleeding heart as a gift for someone. The bleeding heart hasn’t sprung up yet, but its about to, maybe another week, so it just looks like a basket full full of dirt right now. But the bleeding heart is a good choice for the person its going to. It represents compassion and sacrifice. Perfect for a person who willingly helps people without ever expecting anything in return.

I also started splitting plants. I used a votive candle holder for this spider plant.

It will be moved into a hanging basket once it gets too big for the candle holder, but this will give the plant time to get good roots on it and it will give me time to find (or make) a hanging pot that I like.

Finding small pots that are inexpensive and pretty at the same time can be challenging. Oh yes, there are lots and lots of pots in this world, but when you want something INEXPENSIVE and unique you have to look outside the garden sections of stores.

Votive candle holders make really nice small size pots. I put a little moss in the bottom before I put in the dirt and plant. This way there is a place for excessive water to go.  Mugs, glasses, baskets, storage bins, pencil holders, vases and other things work nicely too. Just let your imagination run wild!

In other news, I see everything going berserk because of the corona virus. Panic is setting in and store shelves are getting empty. But my biggest concern is when I over heard someone talking about gun ammunition running out. Please keep your cool through this. We don’t need to make things worse, by losing tempers and being impatient.

That’s all for now. I am planning on heading out in a couple of days unless something comes up to keep me here.

Today’s tidbit: Creative imagination brings about great ideas, some become light bulbs, some become works of art. But with every idea always comes a slight hesitation wondering if everything will work out. Don’t let that worry stop you. Instead, let it drive you forward. Push through anything that might hold you back. True freedom comes from within and the first step is to overcome yourself, your fears, your worries, and your ears when they listen to everyone else.

Spring Has Sprung!

Oh yes, this is an awesome time of year. Those who live in the frosty north can begin to thaw out, while those in the sunny south start their complaining about the heat, lol. And how do I know its spring? Babies! Babies! Everywhere…

The lady slipper orchid had a baby growing in it, so I decided to move it to its own pot and when I did, I found 2 more babies. The plantain lily has a new sprout coming out of the soil, so I will be moving it to a new pot. The chives are sprouting up out of the ground too. I look forward to having fresh cut herbs to cook with.

Every season has something special about it and spring represents birth and growth, a fresh start and seemingly dead things springing to life.

Yes, I am unusually perky this year, but I was expecting it. Today is the Feast of Purim (if you follow old testament celebrations). It is a celebration time when sorrow is turned into gladness and from mourning into holiday. In Esther 9 it says “they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor” It almost sounds like Christmas.

Interesting that it is also a full moon. This one is known as the worm moon because the ground begins to thaw and the earth worms come out and the robins will soon follow. Today is also the last day of the month of Adar (the twelfth month on the Jewish calendar), and what is really cool is that this Friday is also the 13th!

No, I’m not superstitious, I see the number 13 as a good thing, so Friday the 13th is a great day, not a bad one.

Sorry, I am feeling really good about things right now and I know without a doubt that this is going to be an awesome year.

Right now though, the only thing I’ve been hearing is about coronavirus. Everyone is panicking and hitting the stores like its the end of the world. Do me a favor, don’t panic. Be informed. Don’t listen to every story that hits the internet, and verify things before sharing them. Most importantly DO NOT PANIC.

That is all for now.

Today’s tidbit: Continue to be diligent and be passionate about what your doing. Keep helping those around you and never give up hope and never stop praying. (Romans 12:10-13)

Ps… See… I definitely need to get a body cam, lol

Was sitting on a curb eating lunch when one of those big iguanas came over the wall and sat there staring at me. I’d say he was only about 2 feet long. But my hands were tied up with lunch, lol. I’m hoping he will come back out of the drain pipe he ran into.

Whats the Buzz all about?

It seemed that yesterday was a busy bee day for me. There were loving the bottle brush tree while I was looking for seed pods and then it appeared someone had made a whole nest angry by putting a stick in their hive.

For a moment, I actually considered pulling the stick out, but dealing with angry bees is something I’d rather pass on. I’ll be passing by it again soon enough and if the bees have settle down, I’ll take it out.

One thing I have learned over the years is that if you respect nature, nature respects you (kind of like people). I’ve allowed bees, bugs and other critters sit on me or be close to me and as long as i didn’t swat them or try to kill them, they just rested for a minute, then went on their merry way.

But when nature is angry, its better to wait until it calms down to enjoy it.

Other exciting things the last few days is I had a hankering to plant some chives, so I got a couple of tiny pails and planted seeds. And my amaryllis is sprouting new growth!

I also finished the flamingo someone asked me to make. I will never ever do one by request again. It’s a chore! This thing gave me such a hard time and when I got it finished and was about to take a picture, a gust of wind came by and blew it over, knocking one of the feet off. But I finished it and I think it came out pretty ok.

Last, but definitely not least is the alligator I found sunning himself along the waterway.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ll be heading to Venice in a couple of days.

Today’s tidbit: Appreciate the people in your life today, today. Waiting until tomorrow maybe too late.

Just a quick… I can’t believe what just happened! An alligator just ran in front of me! I have definitely got to get a body cam!

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